Super-Secure Turing Phone Faces Delays

by Matt Klassen on December 7, 2015

As security becomes ever more paramount in our digital existence, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen the creation and subsequent growth of an entire niche industry within the mobile sector focused on unprecedented security. While we’ve already seen several iterations of the super-secure Blackphone, heard rumours of Blackberry working with Boeing on its own military/government grade secure “Black” device, it was almost a year ago that we were offered the first tantalizing clues of perhaps the next great example of next level mobile security, the Turing Phone.

Built on a heavily modified Android base, the Turing Phone is touted not only as one of the most secure phones ever built, but one of the strongest as well, as the tagline reads, “Ultra-secure & stronger than steel.”

But for those who have been waiting patiently for the Turing Phone to be released this month, well it looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer, as Turing Robotics Industry, the company behind the phone, released a statement last week stating that production has been delayed and it will not be able to meet its projected deadlines.

“We are inching closer to fulfill our promise of delivering a truly secure OS while allowing you the ability to download apps that you’re familiar with and use regularly,” the company’s press release reads.

“TRI needs more time to make sure when the Turing Phone is delivered it’ll be one of the best mobile devices ever conceived. To accomplish this, we ask for your patience and continuous support.”

But what exactly makes the Turing Phone a potentially paradigm altering device when it comes to mobile security? First, the device stores its secure encryption keys on the device hardware using the famous Turing Imitation Key, so there is not need to connect to external servers for authentication.

Second, the phone foregoes some of the more common connection ports, such as USB or even a headphone jack, with the reasoning that the less opportunity users have to connect external things to the phone, the less chance there is of accidental data transfer or loss.

Finally, and possibly the most unique, the company has created a method dubbed “wind computing,” whereby the user is able to store bits of a given file on other users’ Turing Phones, explaining that truncated data is less traceable, more secure, and saves on storage. Imagine your data being blown around the cloud by a strong wind and you’ve got a good sense of it.

Of course depending on others for the security of your data seems inherently insecure, but I digress.

But again, if you had pre-ordered the device and were hoping to get your hands on the next great secure-phone this Christmas, it looks like you’re out of luck, although the company has promised a free storage upgrade (16GB to 64 GB for example) to those who continue to wait.

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